– The Origins Of The Creation –
Before everything, there was only the Tempest for an unending moment. The potential of everything laid inside raw essence, power in the truest form; unformed and in darkness, constantly warring within itself. The powers of infinity swirled without time; the eternal chaos. The mills of the Tempest moved and from its fires came forth aspects of itself. These aspects were one with the Tempest and yet separate. However, as the elements formed, they were destroyed and sucked back into the Tempest’s unyielding tides. Though not every aspect was redrawn into the chaos. Some tore from the darkness and escaped the fires of the Tempest. Still, the flames of the Tempest sought to consume.
Sailing among the twilight dreams of the Tempest, the aspects became the Primordial Gods. Entities ruling over energies. Singular and plural in the same. Each one being a unique entity and a pantheon at the same time. They took up names for themselves and in that name was given their power. Grhtoth was the firstborn of the Primordials. A being mired in curiosity and knew of all things and a master of going to and from one place to another. In Grhtoth came time.
The second among them was Raoglak, who sensed the fires of the tempest. It grew to fear and desired to leave the Tempest, and so it fled through Grhtoth. Fhothotu, the third among them, wondered after Raoglak and knew Grhtoth.
Then there was a here, and a there brought forth by Maeg, fourth born. Lathos, the fifth then was here and then there among Grhtoth following Maeg. L’oia, the sixth, came to both Maeg and Lathos but first had to go through Grhtoth. After the three primordials came, there was a space between them and the Tempest, and none went near.
Bursting forth away from the tempest came another among them, Luyata the seventh, and with her a pulse and vibration. Nhurakal, the eighth appeared, and in the presence of the other Primordials clung to them. When the winds of the tempest blew, and its fires came among the Primordials they burned and among the fires came the last, Athyarn, who had a spirit.
Together, the Primordials brought forth aspects to embody them. In harmony, they shared in their power compellingly to escape the endless torture made known to them by Raoglak. L’oia convinced Grhtoth with the assistance of Fhothotu to always go forward and never go back, and so there was no more Tempest and its fires were kept away. And so the great barrier was formed. All creation had walls given to it.
In space, the nine Primordials commingled and brought forth children. These children born from the Primordials are given a name, and it was Aeon.
- THE BIRTH OF THE AEONS –
The Aeons were born to an empty existence whose laws were in motion. Under the rule of the Primordials, they endured a world of chaos without order. Having the aspects of all the Primordials limited the Aeons, and they could not know the Primordials. Instead, they were left wondering as to what their purpose was to be. In their reasoning, they were blind to their existence and like weather the Primordials passed over.
The Aeons explored the vast emptiness, finding one another, and together they came to understand the effects of each Primordial but could not discern their form. In doing this, the Aeons began their great work. They stretched forth a space for themselves using the powers of Maeg, Lathos, and L’oia. In this, they gave themselves their first creation, locality. Luyata brought forth a gift for them, and the Aeons could touch one another in their locality. Raoglak moved them to feel one another, and so they loved one another, and so the Aeons reproduce and with their multitudes created and crafted existence.
The Primordials, however, brought forth entropy and ruined all the works of the Aeons. The Aeons quickly discovered the curse of Raoglak, pain. The Aeons hurt, weeping for everything they lost. They reasoned with the gifts of Fhothotu and said, “We will take up names of our own!” and so Xyreus began his first work. He traveled to and from everywhere and spoke with all the Aeons saying, “We must build a world of our own separate from the Prime Forces. Let us disassemble the Prime Forces into lesser forces.” With this, Xyreus gathered a significant number of Aeons.
Xyreus watched as the Primordials sailed among space and then he knew the Primordials by name. With his knowledge, he began experimenting on how to control their essence. A plot formed reign the Primordials under his control. Not understanding what was being done to them, the Primordials whispered to each other.
Madion wise among the Aeons watched and became fascinated to learn the Primordials had mimicked their creation and created beings of their own, the Ancients. Witnessing this, Madion gathered the other Aeons to watch the Primordials create. They grew fearful of the Ancients as they were beings formed from out of madness.
The Aeons argued what was to be done. Three factions formed among the Aeons. The most bold and loud wanted to make warlike beings to fight for them. A world and a space only for them to exist, where they would battle and slay each other until only a few remained. Ones who could gather up essence for themselves and eventually would be able to slay the Tempest.
The second group were cowardly and wanted to create a space to hide away. There creations would tend to their needs and worship them. They wanted to be done with their labors.
The third group simply wanted to rebuild, knowing it would be endless, but they shall rebuild and rebuild in an endless cycle of rebuilding.
The in end, the Aeons could not settle on an idea. Xyrues could not allow for these perversions to exist within his space, so he formed beings of his own whose sole purpose was to destroy the Ancients. He called these creatures dragons. It would settle their immediate argument and allow for the eternal debate to continue.
- THE WAR OF THE GODS –
The whole creation plunges into chaos as the Aeons and Primordials clash. Both sides suffered, and many Aeons destroyed. However, they prevailed. In the end, the gods managed to capture Maeg, Lathos, and L’oia and slew Raoglak, Fhothotu and Athyarn and in the final battle Narukal was fell by the hands of Xyreus.
They sacrificed Maeg, Lathos, and L’oia and sealed the Primordials behind a gate and called the gate Maelstrum. It became a pool of essence to burn eternally fueling the fires of creation. There, the three Primordials were driven insane and took up new names for themselves; Lathos became known as The Mad God, The Devourer, The Devil King Zsog, L’ola became The Curse Maker, Ruler Of Miseries, The Devil Queen Kelanys, and Maeg became known as The Blind, Fair King of Hell, The Devil King Elaugat; and there was endless war among them. They blamed each other for their fates, and great arguments broke out among them. They would whisper curses, and slowly their words would bring anyone who listened to madness.
The order was restored to the space the Aeons created, and to their amazement, something new happened. A great tower formed outside but within their space out of the three dead Primordials. They sealed this place in Amu Ra Amala.
Xyreus watched alone, and he alone witnessed the fate of the last Primordial Narukal. It decayed and withered. In his curiosity, Xyreus watched the dead Aeons commune with Narukal to form another world. He called it Naraka, a devourer of souls, the world of all that is dead.
The remaining Aeons took their places and began restoring the world. Their names were Xyreus, Luniel the Peacebringer because she declared the end of the war between the Primordials and Aeons, Zaal the Wanderer for he measured the entirety of existence and stretched forth the space in which the new creation would be made, Satal the God of Pleasure because during the war he brought forth song to calm the hearts of the Aeons, Sonael the Maiden of War because she slew Fhothotu, Madion the Wise One because he understood the Primordials, Patum the Queen of Darkness because she dwells where there is no light, Eron the Keeper because they kept a record of events, Talek the Lord of Seasons because he punished the Lyorta with seasons.
THE BIRTH OF THE LYORTA
The Aeons and their children decided that they needed servants. So the Aeons would create the Ora, innocent beings whose only desire was to serve the Aeons. They would serve at the direct orders of the Aeons and gods, to bring forth there edicts to the rest of creation. They would also serve as the high priests of worship to the gods.
They were powerful beings that would act as Lords over creation. In the celestial realms above, they held domains over the other beings. Great warriors that would deal with malefactors in creation. Anything displeasing to the Aeons and their children were theirs to hunt and remove from their world. They were speedy messengers who carried the orders of the Aeons to other entities. They also served to watch over the creation and gave a full report of all things to the Aeons.
Together they gathered all the essence and used it to create a new world. Not as grand as the Tera, but still beautiful none the less. The Terrestial realm they would create.
The Aeons sent out the Ora who crafted the land below and the waters. They would make the mountains and the vast plains.
The Aeons gathered around the space and called the lower portion of the space the Lyorta. The Aeons then created four orbs to maintain order over the Lyorta, Matsula the blue orb, Abula the red orb, and Dahula the black orb, the fourth orb the Aeons hung above the Lyorta and called it Tera, the world of the gods, the place they would dwell. In the center of the space the gods made the world and encased the world in a shell of water, and they saw it was suitable for creatures. The Aeons began their work and filled the world with animals, and when they had finished filling it, they watched their creation.
THE SECOND WAR OF THE GODS
One day in the land of Lyorta, new Aeons rose to power among the dragons. They were defeated by the Primordials but were resurrected to new life do to the roaming essence. They returned to Tera expecting to be welcomed as heroes, but instead they were not welcome at all. Xyrues, King of the gods, met them at the gates. He asked them, “What are your plans for the future?” and the old arguments arose from them. Xyrues refused them.
This enraged the other Aeons, and they demanded a place in Tera along with the other Aeons. Madion offered a solution that they would put down their ideals and instead build a future worthy of their title. However, the other Aeons would not hear it. They began fighting among each other, the three old factions; seeing this Xyrues sealed them in the Lyorta then sent the dragons to destroy them.
A time of endless war met the Lyorta. Many dragons died, but so too the Aeons. Lyorta was destroyed — the land collapsed and the shards of the world floated throughout the skies. All the Ora looked upon their smashed work and cried out to the gods.
This was the age of the dragons. For a time the dragons were alone and patrolled their lands and sought forth a way to survive. They resorted to eating each other, and only the strongest of the dragons would survive this horrible age of desolation. The last of the dragons tore holes in the barrier, seeking a way of escape.
Fires from the Tempest shot forth, and the world was filled with new power and essences. The Ora looked down and saw life among the floating rubble of the land. They discovered a new power came to the world. They called this power the glyths. They were the remnants of the power the Primordial gods used. With the fires of the Tempest, the Ora came upon the world and molded it to bring forth a new generation of animals.
The Aeon’s of Tera spoke among each other and decided the world was ruined and that it was time to make their own world. So with their powers, they made a new world above Lyorta. All those they saw as worthy they brought up to the new Lyorta, and Talek drowned all others under the tides that swallowed the old Lyorta.
The destroyed Aeons who destroyed the old Lyorta were devoured by Naraka, the world of the dead. The Ora was charged with the uncorrupted essence back to the Aeons of Tera. However essence that was tainted too heavily with sin was to be guided to Naraka. If it was even too corrupted for the Ora, they would leave the essence for the devils below in Maelstrum to take the corrupted essence for themselves.
Though in the darkness of Maelstrum, the devils worked, hatching a plan together. They sacrificed the scraps of essence among them to craft a sickness. This new corrupting force raised up above upon Lyorta and the Ora that were bound grew enraged. They began to fight among each other. The Aeons watched in horror as they witnessed anarchy form upon the land. They sent their soldiers to quell the problem but found their numbers dwindling fast. It became very clear to the Aeons that they needed to step in themselves. When the conflict was over many of the Ora had died and their spirits were so numberless that the Aeons were struck with awe. However, the essence was disappearing to where they could not see it. This troubled the Aeons, and rumors of another Primordial being responsible for the missing essence began to spread throughout Tera.
Below in Maelstrum the devils saw the vast amount of essence and crafted it. While the veil was weak, they sent the spirits into the world while the Aeons were not watching. These spirits were called the demons who worshipped the devils.
THE FALL OF THE DRAGONS AND THE RISE OF THE GODS
There came a day when a great and mighty dragon by the name of Tambrion heard the curse of Maelstrum. He listened and found pride in himself. He went among the other dragons, telling them of what he heard. They gathered together flying to the court of the High gods and said to the Aeons “I am mighty and I am proud, why should one such as I serve my equal.”
Xyreus said to Tambrion, “If you are so mighty you should battle me, and if you win, then you shall truly be my equal.”
However, Tambrion was not only powerful but cunning as well and said to Xyreus “You are confident in yourself, but you ask us to call Patum god as well. Should I not prove myself to any god of my choosing?”
Xyreus unamused but knowing the weakness of Patum said to the crowd of dragons “Go freely as you wish.” And so a great number of dragons left Tera to serve themselves. However, those loyal to the gods were deified as a house of gods.
Lacking servants to maintain the creation, the High gods gathered and created lesser gods to serve them and their children. These gods while powerful were nowhere near as powerful as the dragons. They created hierarchies among themselves and served the gods without fault. The highest gods then rested and watched over the creation and the divine machine they set in motion.
THE REBELLION OF XYREUS
Tambrions words sunk deep in Xyreus’s heart. He grew restless only watching over creation and felt unsatisfied with his power. He began to experiment again until he eventually began to forge essence like the Primordials. The other high gods grew concerned with Xyreus as he started to become like the Primordials. Finally, Xyreus is driven insane with power and begins to sacrifice the lesser gods around him. Madion pleads with Xyreus to stop his raids, but Xyreus declares himself to Madion, that he shall make himself into a Primordial.
Madion travels among the other high gods and informs them of Xyreus’s actions. Fearing the result of his experiments, the other High gods agree to banish him to another realm outside of the Lyorta and Tera.
When the other High gods confront Xyreus, they find him completely defiled and his servants dead but trapped within him. He battles the other Aeons, but Xyreus is bound under the same seals they placed upon the Primordials. They carry him to the threshold between here and there and before the Tempest, casting him into its eternal fires in the hopes of destroying him forever.
But sadly, he was not destroyed. Instead, his essence lived and became a world of wicked madness called Vulg.
THE RETURN OF THE PRIMORDIALS
Deep in space, Xyreus cries echoed and reached as far as the outer reaches of time, where they were heard. A Primordial unknown to the other Aeons responded, calling forth. The Aeons were terrified at this discovery and sent forth armies to find and destroy the Primordial. However, their armies returned without finding the Primordial.
Ages passed, but eventually the Primordial allowed itself to be known and gave itself a name, Gritoth, Lord of the Gates. The Aeons with all their might and power could not subdue the Primordial and watched as beings from Amu Ra Amala crossed over through the veil, Gritoth becoming their path. The gods retreated to Tera and forged new boundaries and hid away from the Primordial Gritoth’s power.
The beings that crossed over became known as the Fae and formed societies around Lyorta. They were strange people, but intelligent like the gods. The Aeons, however, did not take their eyes off Gritoth and watched the gate once close between the worlds as Gritoth left. Now that the threat of the Primordial was gone, the gods were free to investigate the beings that were nomads to their world. The Aeons revealed themselves and were received as gods, and the Fae worshiped the Aeons. Pleased, the gods considered them friends.
Amu Ra Amala however remained connected to Lyorta. The tower speared right through Lyorta, though could only be seen when Gritoth was near. The Fae eventually forgot that they once came from such a place and instead became true natives of Lyorta.
THE LUMARIA AND THE WILDINGS
In the darkness of space, however, Gritoth was not the only Primordial to respond to the echo. Another the Aeons had not encountered answered and made herself aware. She had escaped the wrath of the Aeons during the war and waited to create her creations, imbuing them with great powers and numbers. Her name is Lumaria and with her came the Wildlings.
She cried to Gritoth “Open a gate so that my children may avenge our kin.” and Gritoth obliged. Without the mighty gods’ protection, they conquered the world of Lyorta and convinced the Fae to end their worship of the Aeons. The lords of the Fae were convinced and ordered their armies to join the Wildlings in their conquest. They cleansed the lands of the spirits of Maelstrum and kept it pure. They also spread out into tribes, each with their own ways and perfections. Though at the call they would unite for war. Together their troops stormed the gates of Tera, breaking them asunder.
THE INVASION OF TERA AND THE BIRTH OF MAN
The Aeons fled to the holy city in fear of their numbers and the remaining dragons loyal to the gods battle vigorously against the armies but grew weak as the assault was never ending. Without any other choice, the gods turned to Xyreus’s works and used them to create beings like themselves. They called these people humans.
The humans, with their impressive mastery of essence and allied with the dragons of Tera, fought the invaders like an army of gods. The lords of the elves were first to egress from the battle, breaking their treaty with the Wildlings like cowards. The remaining war bands while still numerous were no match for the combined armies of Tera. They retreated to Lyorta, wounded and greatly outnumbered.
The lords of the humans were given crowns and told that they now ruled Lyorta, and they could claim whatever lands they pleased. After the great war, the humans found themselves scattered throughout all the Lyorta.
While the humans mostly remained the subjects of Tera, they traveled freely to and from the Lyorta. They began to build forts in the lands of the Wildlings while they swept their lands of the invading vermin. The steady onslaught forced the Wildlings to consolidate their tribes, and the warlords gathered to form an empire. The Wildlings called this Empire Aria, and as long as they stood together, the humans could not prevail against them.
The Fae, however, were now fugitive and considered traitors by the Wildlings and gods alike. It was not so easy for them to band together for protection. Instead, the wise lords of the Fae grew very weary of war. They feared the wrath of the Wildlings saying to themselves, “Now there is nowhere to hide.” The high priests of the Fae came up with a solution to their problem. If there were no places to hide, then they would make a place to hide. The Fae called these places glades, pocket worlds where they built palaces that were part of Lyorta but entirely separate. To their pleasure, their plans worked and the humans and Wildlings both passed through their lands, unaware of the magic that concealed them from their eyes.
THE CROWN GIVEN TO MAN
While the Aeons were pleased with the humans, they also feared their new creations. Zaal came to the other gods saying, “They are too powerful and if they were ever to rise against us, we would all surely die.” The other gods agreed, and so they began subjecting the humans to cruel tortures for minor infractions. Their attempts to instill order quickly backfired. A group of humans gathered together and challenged the gods. The gods, however, proved to be far stronger and beat them into submission. They turned their challengers into horrible monsters and scattered them throughout Lyorta. The remaining humans did not escape the punishment ushered from the gods. As a result, the gods cast the remaining humans in Tera out into the Lyorta. They sealed off Tera, removing it from mortal reach forever as it rose beyond their grasp.
The first tribes of humans were the Belkurians, a people that was loved by the gods, who were placed in the far western stray islands, the Azurians, who were situated in the east of the continent of the west, the Borgains, who were placed south of the continent of the west, the Lagians, who were put in the north-west of the western continent, the Valdians, who were set in the south-west of the mainland of the West, the Sihayains, who were placed in the northern continent, the Iesians, who were put in the eastern continent, the Dalmians, who were put in the far east stray islands, and the last the cursed and most hated of the humans, the Talmians, whose hearts were full of vengeance, were placed in the core of the Aria in the southern continent. This marked the end of the age of gods and ushered in a new age ruled by man.